Supporting TRAUMA Recovery

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES)


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5)


Click on the link below to access the free Trauma Recovery Treatment Manual:

“What Happened to You?” – Addressing Trauma with Community Mental Health Populations – A Toolkit for Providers

The Table of Contents is listed below:

  1. Overview
  2. Getting Started
  3. Self-Selected Work Groups
  4. Trauma-informed Services Conference
  5. Treatment Model Consideration and Adaptations
  6. Trauma-specific Trainings
  7. Launching Trauma-specific Services
  8. Continuing Forward
  9. References and Resources
  10. Appendices

This manual was developed in 2008-09 by Stephen R. Wiland, LMSW, ICADC, with grant funding from the State of Michigan’s Department of Community Health.

Read some of the reactions to the “What Happened to You?” manual by practitioners in the field:

  • “I saw the toolkit that you developed for trauma integration into a CMH setting and am very impressed.” – CMH Vice-President and C.O.O.
  • “I just wanted to let you know that your [manual] is incredible! I work for [an organization], we have a grant to use IMR (Illness Management and Recovery), and I found some of the program lacking. When I opened your materials I discovered the information I needed to assist my clients through their panic attacks, PTSD, etc., which is mainly what I am dealing with in my client population. Our caseloads are very high and we have been told that therapy will be a thing of the past in a short time, but with the way you’ve set up your manual I know that I will be able to still assist my clients in a case-management-only mode. Thanks so much! I really appreciate all of the work you and your staff put into this manual.” – CMH Case Manager

Select Chapter-specific Resources from “What Happened to You?”

1. Overview (pp. 1-4)

> Block Grant proposal narrative

2. Getting Started (pp. 5-18)

> Posttraumatic Stress and Co-occurring Disorders powerpoint presentation

> “Psychiatric Diagnoses, Trauma, and Suicide” article

3. Self-Selected Work Groups (pp. 19-42)

4. Trauma-informed Services Conference (pp. 43-48)

> “Developing and Implementing Trauma-informed Services” conference brochure

> Trauma-informed Organizational Assessment Scale

5. Treatment Model Consideration and Adaptations (pp. 49-60)

> Enhancing Substance Abuse Recovery Through Integrated Trauma Treatment

> Seeking Safety

> Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM/M-TREM)

6.  Trauma-specific Trainings (pp. 61-68)

7. Launching Trauma-specific Services (pp. 69-78)

> Trauma-informed Session Rating Scale

Compassion Satisfaction/Fatigue Self-Test for Helpers

> Self-care Assessment Worksheet

8. Continuing Forward (pp. 79-82)

> PTSD Checklist – Civilian Version (PCL-C)

> Trauma Symptom Checklist (TSC-40)

9. References and Resources (pp. 83-90)

10. Appendices (pp. 91-151)

SAMHSA Resources

SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

TIP 57: Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services

Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Women’s Guide to Coping With Childhood Abuse Issues

Helping Yourself Heal: A Recovering Man’s Guide to Coping With the Effects of Childhood Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Child Abuse and Neglect Issues Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) manual # 36

> Quick Guide for Clinicians Based on TIP 36

> KAP Keys for Clinicians Based on TIP 36


Other Recommended Resources

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse, by Lisa Najavits (New York: The Guilford Press, 2002)

> Click here to check out the Seeking Safety website, featuring some materials free to download, and additional materials available to order.

Trauma Recovery and Empowerment: A Clinician’s Guide for Working with Women in Groups, by Maxine Harris and the Community Connections Trauma Work Group (New York: The Free Press, 1998)

> Click here to check out the Community Connections website, including their Online Store featuring additional materials available to order, including the Men’s Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (M-TREM): A Clinician’s Guide for Working with Male Survivors in Groups.